Today the "Nickel Plate Limited" came through on a deadhead to Altoona. This engine is always a sight to see and this was my third time seeing it. However my dad had never seen it before. The train departed Cleveland at 9:30 so by the time it got here I was home from school and my dad home from work. We rushed to Westmoreland City where we saw a true Iron Horse. The train was great with 765, the PRR heritage unit #8102, 2 former PATrain cars, 1 former Conrail OCS car, and 3 dome cars! Enjoy the pictures and video!
Here is an interesting article from the New York Times about the states debating whether to subsidize Amtrak's operations on short routes. The comments that follow make interesting reading.
From my perspective, passenger rail travel has tremendous potential to supplement highway and air travel, both of which are heavily subsidized by the Federal Government. There are very few passenger trains in the world that make a profit, yet they are an important and valuable part of the transportation system, particularly in Europe. Considering the other expenditures of government, I think investment in passenger rail service is a bargain.
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